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Week In Review~January 20~Who Are You, Again?

Oh, yes, it’s me again, apologizing for not being around.  Yes, I’m sorry, Yes, I’ll try to not let it happen again.  All of those apologies aside, I am here and I’m trying to get back into the routine.  What better way than to join in with Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets!  Before I lose the urge to write, let’s get to this!

Again, I have to confess to a very disjointed unfocused week.  I need to get better at documenting what on earth I do!  Next week, I promise there will be lists!

I continue to attend my The Artist’s Way meetings and I feel I’m getting a great deal from these meetings.  I’m still enjoying doing my morning pages.  I’m not sure that you’re really suppose to enjoy them, but I am.

I am working hard to get myself back in the rhythm of sorting/tossing/packing that I was in before Christmas.  This is something else to make me dislike the whole Christmas thing.  Well, I’m not going to let that break stop me from my plan.  I’ll get back on track.  I’m trying the idea of actually writing down what I want to accomplish on a day and doing as many of those things as I can.  Hmmm…I think that’s called a list!  I’ll get there and I will be successful.

On Thursday Ralph and I met up with Ralph’s sister Maddie and her husband, George for lunch at Olive Garden.  It was great but we really didn’t want to end our time together within the time frame that restaurants usually like regarding getting the heck out of their seats.  So we went across the street to Barnes and Noble for coffee where we spent 2 hours talking and laughing.  We had a great time!

Since I haven’t been posting, I haven’t been talking much about my Weight Watchers efforts.  In recent weeks, mindless night-time snacking has been a problem for me. This past week I was really able to get that all under control for the most part.  I made really good food choices at meals and my reward was a loss of 1.2 pounds on Saturday morning.  I was pretty happy.  A lot of that was due to the fact that after almost 27 years on Weight Watchers, I actually planned my meals.  I will be doing that again in the coming week.  Don’t mess with success!

I’m writing this on Sunday as I often do in order to get it posted on Monday morning.  I have a lot planned for today.  Some sorting, reading my next chapter for The Artist’s Way and on the novel I’m currently reading, Inferno by Dan Brown (review to follow on Goodreads.) But my main focus will be those lists I mentioned earlier.  I may not get them all done today, but I will get started on them.  That’s my promise and I’m sticking to it.

Be sure to check out the other bloggers linking up with Meghan’s Week In Review over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!!

Week In Review~Christmas Catch-up and Recovery

So here we are on a Monday and I’m actually getting my Week In Review up and going on time! I’m pretty excited about this.  Be sure to check out the other reviewers over at Meghan’s party place, Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  Trust me, it’s worth it just to see what Meghan has to say on any given day.  So here we go!

As I’m sure it was for everyone, last week was pretty darned busy.

After totally procrastinating (read that to say that I had wrapped NOTHING!) I got to work on it.  I had felt really under the weather the previous week (still not sure why) when I Should have been wrapping so Monday was do or die.  I never even got out of my jammies.  I wrapped and wrapped until everything was finished, then I collapsed to get some more rest.  Christmas Eve was our big day and I needed to store up some energy.

Christmas Eve morning, we always go out to breakfast with Gail, Alice and Gail’s brother Ray.  Went to our favorite diner and forgot to take any photos!  Duh!  That faux pas will continue throughout the day!  We had a great time.  I was already missing them since they’d be leaving for Florida the coming Saturday.  I ate too much.

Lunch time found us out with Ralph’s daughter in law Heather, grandson Alex and grandson Patrick home from the Army.  We were very happy to see them all.  We Skyped with Ralph’s son Bill from the parking lot and I found out that I can Skype on my phone which made me very excited!!  I ate too much.

When 7 pm rolled around, we headed to my sister Ele’s house for our traditional Christmas Eve free for all where we open our presents.  Not as many bodies as usual, but we had a really great time.  I ate too much.

Wednesday, Christmas Day we slept in and I needed it.  Around 1 pm we headed to our new tradition, the recreation of the Chinese Restaurant scene from A Christmas Story.  It was great and we had a wonderful time.  I ate too much.

Thursday and Friday were designated as packing day for Gail’s trip to Florida.  I always offer to help but due to her broken arm, she needed a little more help.  We got a lot done Thursday, almost everything together, then on Friday, we packed the car.  It was not as bad as it might have been.  They don’t really need to take a lot since their condos down there are just like home.

Saturday the Girls left for Florida and I headed, a bit reluctantly to Weight Watchers. Part of my reluctance was the fact that I would miss Gail and Alice but also, I knew I had not been the best WW example throughout the week. I had a 1.6 gain which all told, was not so bad and actually better than I anticipated.  I was satisfied.

Speaking of WW, I wanted to share a photo of one of our members at our meeting.

Santa John


We call him Santa John.  He’s done a great job and just a few weeks ago he reached Lifetime status after losing 90 pounds!!  He had to get a new suit.  He is a sweetheart and in spite of his busy schedule, he visits us in costume every year.

After WW I picked up Ralph and we headed back to Ele’s to visit with another section of the family including Princess Colette.  We had great fun.  I ate too much.

Sunday I sort of crashed.  I planned to run errands but it was raining and I still didn’t feel great.  Since Ralph’s focus was on football all day, I went in a different direction.  At 5 am I started watching Law and Order.  That ran until 3 pm at which time I switched to Law and Order: SVU and watched that all evening.  I was a happy camper.

I want to share one more thing.  I forgot to do it last week and I want to share our Christmas card for this year.

Christmas Card 2013


We were pretty happy with it.  Just so you know, the symbol that Ralph used for the star is the Zia which is the symbol of New Mexico.

I hope everyone had as wonderful a Christmas as we did.  On to the New Year and all that we will discover!  Be sure to check out the other reviewers over at Meghan’s Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday Check in~Week In Review

So sorry that I had to miss out on Week In Review yesterday because I was experiencing computer issues.  As usual it was my friend, Alice to the rescue.  Seems to be up and running, just need to get some protection downloaded and I’ll be all good again.  Even though as my Gram would say, I’m a day late and a dollar short, I’m going to link to Week In Review anyway. Be sure to check out what everyone else posted over at the lovely Meghan’s Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

This won’t be a full review because as usual, I’m confused.

I was lamenting my lack of Christmas spirit.  I’m feeling much better about it now. One reason is we got our Christmas cards printed and I got them all out in the mail.  I will be sharing the card on here, but I like to wait until most people who’ll be getting them in the mail actually get them.  I don’t like to spoil the surprise.

I’ve still been spending time helping Gail through her broken arm.  She’s doing very well and will start physical therapy next week.  She can shower and dress herself now.  She’s so proud!

As far as shopping…there will be a lot of gift cards this year.  I’m only getting a few actual gifts and I really should get myself going if i’m going to get them in time.  I’m still struggling with having no ideas for anyone.  I always pull it out in the clinch but it’s making me crazy.  I’m trying hard to focus and get to it.

We had snow early in the week.  Fortunately, it was the kind that makes everything look pretty, but the roads were quite good in our area.  I did hear that there were some terrible accidents on some of the highways in the Philadelphia area.  Sadly those happen with or without snow.  I believe we had more snow overnight so I guess I’ll be clearing the car before I go anywhere today.

I did have food issues during the week and sadly on Saturday at Weight Watchers, the scale was not my friend.  I had a gain, but I’ve been working very hard since then to turn it all around.  I think I have my focus back and that’s important.

This isn’t a great week in review, but hey, next Monday is another day…and maybe I’ll actually show up on Monday!  Be sure to check out the other Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

I’m off to make this a better week!!

Happy Tuesday!


Week In Review~December 9

Time for another Week In Review as sponsored by the spritely Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  I have to say that I really enjoy playing along with WIR even when I don’t feel as if anything has happened.  I think this is one of those weeks.

As I sit here in the wee hours of Sunday morning trying to review the past week, I’m thinking about the weeks ahead.  I think I’m going to pause things for a while.  Not blogging, Not Week In Reviewing.  Projects.  Sorting and Packing…all of this unearthing of my life around here.

I don’t have a lot of Christmas spirit.  That’s nothing new.  I haven’t had much in recent years. Not really sure why.  I seem to pull it out in the end each year but not with a lot of enthusiasm and I would almost let it pass by without much fanfare.  I do hope that some year soon I’ll get it back.  I try each year, but…The season will show up with or without me so I do try.

My week should probably have been filled with shopping and decorating and general Jingle Belling.  It was not.  I’m trying to rev myself up and I probably will get there.

I spent a lot of the week with my best friend, Gail trying to be helpful while she has a broken arm.  I must say that she is a very good patient and only occasionally pushy (“I think it’s Snack Time!)  We watched lots of Law and Order: SVU (our favorite) and generally enjoyed spending time together, solving the problems of the world (well at least Our problems.)

I had a pleasant weigh-in at Weight Watchers on Saturday.  I lost 1.2 pounds so I’m feeling better in that regard.  I’m getting back to my pre-vacation weight which I’m happy about.  Saturday afternoon, my sister Ele had a Christmas Tea for some ladies we know.  This was the table.

Christmas Tea


I’m proud to say that the only thing I had was the cup of tea you see in the foreground.  I did indulge a bit at home later in the evening with the goodie box that I brought home for Ralph.  But I savored everything at home when I could really enjoy it.  It was a lovely afternoon.

I’ll be going out this afternoon with Ele again and seeing some of the same ladies.  I’m looking forward to it.

I will be  working to get some more spirit in the coming week.  To prove that I’m not a complete Humbug, I offer this photo.

Tiny Tree


This is our tiny Christmas Tree.  Not a great photo, but I wanted the lights to show.   It makes me happy.  The tree skirt is a treasure that my Mom crocheted for me many years ago.  I will be working on the whole Christmas Spirit thing in the coming week.  I think I can do it!

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Happy Monday!

Week In Review~December 2

Holy Cow!! It’s DECEMBER!!  How did this happen?! Well, it actually seems that this happens Every year anymore.  It’s on me before I’m ready.  I have decided that I’m not going to let it worry me.  I’m going to plug along and do my best.  In that vein, I’m going to jump right in to Week In Review and let the lists fall where they may.  Of course, all of this fun is brought to you by the lovely Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  It warms my heart that when the whole world crumbles…Meghan has things under control! She is my Hero! Let’s get started!

Again, much of the week is a blur.  I spent the first few days with my head in a box or bag, sorting and dividing and hopefully at some point conquering this whole whirlwind.  Although I can’t be very specific and I would love to show what I’ve accomplished I’m somewhat embarrassed by the whole thing. Let’s suffice it to say that I made Huge progress.

Monday, I realized that I needed to shop for a few things and get what I needed for my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner which is my cranberry orange jello mold.  It’s still one of my favorites.  I think I posted it once and maybe I’ll post if for What I Ate Wednesday although I don’t think I took a photo of it.  We’ll see how it goes.

Tuesday, I continued with my clean out and sorting.  I had to actually make the jello mold so I wouldn’t have to think about it on Wednesday.  It’s not hard and I could probably do it from memory, but I always pull out my old cranberry stained copy of the recipe in my own illegible handwriting.

Wednesday, Ralph surfaced again and was quite pleased with my progress of cleaning out (she wipes her sweaty brow and quietly says, “Whew!)  I was happy that he was happy.  Then he asked if I had come across something “that he’d been looking for” although he’d never mentioned it to me.  Yes I had and as the conversation was happening, this “something” was residing in the trash can in the back yard.  Yikes! Ok, I knew where it was, I just needed him to leave again so that I could get it out of the trash.  We headed over to my sister Ele’s house late afternoon so that Ralph could carve the turkey. Ele has a great way of doing the turkey. She cooks it on Wednesday, we carve it and put it into a big roasting pan and cover it with chicken stock.  Then on Thursday it goes back in the oven to warm.  The family tells me it is delicious and moist.  It saves the steps and mess of carving when it’s time for dinner on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving morning, Ralph went off to pick up our grandson Alex who would be spending Thanksgiving with us.  We were very excited about that! While he was off on that adventure, I had my own adventure of tearing through the trash bags to find what I was looking for.  Generally messy, but I found it, cleaned it up and when he got home he was Quite happy that I had found it.  His question of course was, “Where did you find it?”  I didn’t want to lie.  I said, “Under some stuff, in a bag I hadn’t gone through.”  I didn’t lie.  Everyone was happy!

Thanksgiving dinner was great and I kept myself generally under control, although my results on Saturday morning would not reflect that.  We had a great time and we were happy that Alex was able to stay over so we were able to spend Friday with him. Out to breakfast on Friday morning which was fun. We mostly just hung out at the house watching movies and TV.  Then back to Ele’s on Friday for dinner leftovers.  They always taste so good.

Saturday found me at Weight Watchers with a gain of 1.6.  I need to refocus and get back on track I can do this easily.  I’m the one in charge.  After weighing in, I was sitting there waiting for Gail and Alice.  I see Gail walk in and she’s holding her right arm in a very uncomfortable position.  Turns out she walked from her house to Alice’s to leave for WW, which is about 2 and a half blocks.  Just before she got to Alice’s house, she tripped on broken sidewalk and fell.  She was trying to be brave, but I knew she was in pain. We stayed for the meeting and our plan was to go to the Med Express which fortunately was just across the parking lot from WW.

None of us had ever been there but it was beautiful inside and they were extremely efficient. They opened at 9 am so we were first in line. They did x-rays and the doctor determined that she had cracked the bone very close to her shoulder.  They wanted to send her to an orthopedic clinic right then but she felt more comfortable seeing her primary doctor on Monday and getting a referral from her. The doctor put her arm in a sling.

She and I still went to breakfast and Alice went off to meet some of her former co-workers which was previously planned.  I got Gail home and settled and then went home for a while to check on Ralph and let him know what was going on.  We were all planning on going to Alice’s for dinner leftovers.  As I said, they’re the best!  I went back to Gail’s, got her some lunch and then stayed with her until it was time to go to Alice’s.  Dinner was wonderful, Alice really is an excellent cook!

After dinner, I got Gail home and settled in her jammies for the evening.  It’s tricky getting her arm in and out of the sling so that she can change, but we’ve got a routine going so I think she’ll be ok.

It’s Sunday morning now and I’m not sure what it will bring.  I’m writing this now because I’ll probably be pretty busy today and then tomorrow morning as well getting Gail ready to go to the doctor’s office. A busy week to be sure.

That’s my Week In Review. Be sure to check out all of the other Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!

Week In Review~November 25

Week In Review is such fun for me, even though I don’t think I’ve written one post in the same format but I don’t care! Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets who dreamed up this weekly “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” game, has enough format for all of us.  She’s orderly and focused and list-driven and I want to be her when I grow up. However, I’m armed with hot coffee and I’m ready to get started!

This past week tended to be frustrating for me. I felt like I was waiting for a street car all week.  That’s a really OLD reference, but that’s what you get.  I’ll get to that in a minute.

Monday and Tuesday there seemed to be a lot of spinning of my wheels.  I got a few things accomplished.  I was able to get through the final bin of clothes in the bedroom that I needed to purge.  I got about another bag three-quarters full to send off to the thrift store. Did a bit of move around in the basement and I can’t believe it, but I’m still catching up on laundry from when the dryer was broken.

We had a lovely lunch on Wednesday with our friends Leo and Helen.  Ralph and Leo made their First Communions together when they were five years old.  Yes, they’ve been friends that long.  We had a great time.  We picked a good time to meet, 1:30.  It was after the lunch rush and there was really only one other table in the dining room that had customers so we didn’t feel so bad sitting there for 3 hours!! It was terrific and we hope to do it again soon.

Now to the hurry up and wait part.  Since Last Sunday, Ralph has been saying he was going down to his house to work on things.  We’ve got both houses to clean out and get ready for sale.  I’ve done all the work I can down there, because there wasn’t a lot of my stuff there.  I cleared out the majority, much of it going in the trash.  The only thing left of mine is furniture all ear marked for either sale or transport to New Mexico when the time comes.

He finally left This Saturday while I was at Weight Watchers.  By the way I gained a half pound, but I’m not worrying about it.  I’m feeling so comfortable at this weight, all I really need to do is track and do all the things I always do.  I was more conscious of getting exercise in this week which I was happy about.

I got home from Weight Watchers and dove in.  In the comments from my post on Thursday, Megan gave me kudos for showing my pile of empty boxes on the porch.  I appreciate that.  It’s bigger now because I stormed the living room, ok, it has become more like a storage area, like Sherman’s March to the Sea.  Ok, again with an old reference, but hey, when you live with a Civil War buff, that’s what you get.

I wish I were brave enough to post before and after pictures.  I’m not.  I’m going to take a picture to show my best friend, Gail so that she can appreciate what I’ve accomplished.  I should have taken a before picture but forgot.  I was able to fill four kitchen trash can sized bags with recycling.  Those actually went over to Gail’s house so that Ralph wouldn’t see it all.  A little subterfuge is a good thing sometimes.  I have another section that needs to be sorted, but hey, I’m getting there.  I now have a bigger supply of boxes to pack things into.

Sadly, while vacuuming the floor I ended up breaking a lamp.  The cord I had the vacuum plugged into pulled the lamp off the bookcase.  I think Ralph can fix it.  I had bought the lamp for him. I hope he can fix it because it was one that we wanted to take to NM with us.

I found some things that Ralph was looking for which always soothes the pain when I go through things he says not to.  I even made room so that we can put up the Christmas tree.  That made me especially happy.

On the food front, I made steel-cut oats in the crock pot overnight.  They are my reward for finishing my post.  A bit jumbled? Yes, but that’s my life these days.  But things are looking up and I can feel the warm sun of New Mexico beckoning me onward.  Although most of the weekend, the temperatures in NM and NJ were pretty much the same, I know that it wouldn’t be damp out there and the sun would just make it warmer.

Now, you’re all sworn to secrecy about what I’ve said here today.  No one reads this anyway (tee hee).  Be sure to check out the other reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday! Get out of my way I have work to do!!!

Week In Review~November 18

It seems like I just wrote a Week In Review post but here it is time to write another.  I had been writing them on Sunday which allowed me to be all ready for Monday, but I’ve been slipping.  Here I am scrambling Monday morning to do it.  I guess that helps me to land on my feet and get the new week started off right.  Be sure to check out the other WIR gang over at Meghan’s Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

My Week In Review posts are starting to be a bit boring lately.  They seem to sound the same every week.  I go through boxes, I sort the boxes, I take things to the thrift store and the library.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I got through 10 boxes.  Where exactly were all of these boxes?  Around.  I’m feeling like I’m accomplishing so much and I’m feeling really good about all of this.  Do I have more to do? Oh, Yes…but I’ve put a dent in it.

I’m feeling so good about letting go of all of these things that I don’t need and won’t likely ever use again.  It is amazing the things you accumulate.  I’m hoping to not let this happen again.  Stream line and simplify is my plan.

Had to take my car to the mechanic again.  Steering fluid reservoir had a crack and therefore a leak. He took care of it and it’s working well again.

Wednesday we went out to lunch to celebrate my best friend Gail’s birthday.  It was lots of fun.  Didn’t let the buffet scare me.  It helped that Gail, Alice, Margot and I are all on Weight Watchers.  There was strength in numbers.  We all did pretty well until it came to the ice cream.  Oh, well, a little splurge is good for the soul.

Friday I FINALLY got my dryer fixed.  It really is the little things in life that make you feel good.  I spent Friday and most of Saturday doing laundry.  I felt like a queen.

Saturday at Weight Watchers brought me good news.  I lost 1.5 (in spite of the ice cream!) I was pretty happy and hope to keep that going.  I took 6 pairs of pants over to Gail.  They’re all pants that don’t fit me anymore and that she’ll be able to fit into soon.  I’m really excited for all the She and Alice have accomplished.  Gail almost 75 pounds and Alice 120 pounds.  Wow!

Sunday I went out for coffee with my sister, Ele which was very nice.  Making plans for Thanksgiving. We’ll be a small group this year so things will be more relaxed.  I like that idea.

That’s last week and it’s time to get this week started.  I’ve got a couple of different game plans for the coming week.  Which plan I go with will depend on a few things. We’ll see how it goes. This was not my best or most detailed Week In Review, but hey…I showed up for the party! Be sure to see what the other Reviewers have to say over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!

Week In Review~November 11

First of all, I’d like to wish all of our wonderful veterans a Happy Veteran’s Day. Remember all that they’ve done for us.  I have the honor of being married to a Veteran.  Ralph is the best.

So here we are back at Monday, Week In Review. Sponsored by Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  Let’s see what we can come up with.

I’m not sure where to go with this week’s review.  I already told of the most important accomplishments this week in my post on Thursday, The Art of Letting Go.  In a way, that post was an accomplishment.  I was very happy with that.  I appreciated all of the supportive comments I received.

I have been working hard. The ten bags donated were added to with the three more bags I made on Friday.  Granted they are smaller bags but they are designated to get out of here accompanied by two more bags of books.

I did have an emotional moment on Friday.  While working on my porch, my little haven where I now sit typing away, I found something I had forgotten about.  It was a large zip lock bag.  The kind I’m coming to love because I can sort things into them and still see what’s there.  This particular bag had been weeded down, sorted and weeded down again from a large plastic storage bin.  This was the last of what was left.  I had tucked it behind some of the boxes that I now had to go through.  I unzipped it.  I went through it.  I savored the memories. I took them into my heart…and I placed it all in a trash bag.  I had to stop for a while after that.  At that point Ralph told me my best friend had called while I was outside putting things in my car.  I called her and I was able to confess to her what I had done.  It made me feel a little better.

I’ve been doing that all along.  When I donate or toss out something that I feel guilty about, I talk to her.  I get it out of my system and then I move on.  She’s pretty handy to have around.  She helps me see things clearly.  I appreciate that.

I’d say that I spent three full days working hard at this new talent I’ve developed-this art of letting go.  As I’ve said, it’s still not easy sometimes.  But I’m feeling better about it.

Now on to some mechanical issues.  I decided on Tuesday that I needed to try to do something about my non-functioning dryer.  It is covered under my contract with the electric company, but I was certain it was dead.  My only thought had been to just remove it from the contract to save the money.  Then I decide, what the heck…it won’t cost me anything to have them look at it and if it’s dead, it’ll still be dead after he looks at it.  The repair man got here and I lead him to the dungeon and then left him alone.

About ten minutes later, he comes up the steps and knocks on the door.  I’m sure he’s going to tell me no luck.  Before he can talk I say, “I know…it’s old.”  He says, “Yeah it’s old which is why I don’t have the fuse I need to fix it.  I’ll order it, it’ll be delivered by UPS and then we’ll call and set up another appointment.” I thank him and turn around to Ralph. “It’s NOT DEAD!”  Ralph says, “Yes, I heard, Dear.”  I was so excited.  So although I think after today, I’m officially out of clean underwear, I know it will be working soon.  Can’t tell you how excited I am.  Hopefully, I’ll only have to dry a few more loads of laundry over at Gail’s house.  Yes…best friends are good to have.

I didn’t accomplish that much over the weekend.  Saturday found me at Weight Watchers, as always and I stayed the same.  After my gain while we were away, I think my body had found its level.  Some people were telling me I’d lost too much so I guess this is where my body wants to be.  I’m still working to get back on track.  I’m feeling very out of control at night and I need to get back the control I had before the trip.

This is scattered but that’s truly the type of week I’ve had.  I feel good about it and good about the week to come.  Hopefully a new car issue that showed its face on Friday will be simple when I take it to the mechanic today.  We’ll see and we’ll work with it.

Be sure to check out all of the other Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!


Week In Review~November 4~Hrumph Edition

I did promise to keep better track of my comings and goings, goings and comings last week when I wrote Week In Review.  I have to confess that I failed miserably, but that doesn’t keep me from showing up for the WIR party hostessed by the lovely Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  I’m here and ready…well as ready as I can be today.  To the Review!

Monday started with the cold realization that Ralph has lost his car keys.  He had a dentist’s appointment.  I was still in my jammies attacking some project or other.  It’s twenty-five minutes to Dentist time and he says, “You’ll have to take me because I can’t find my keys.” Hrumph…Ok. I get dressed and take him there.  The errands he was to run BEFORE going to the dentist’s office are now mine.  Hrumph…I tell him to call me when he’s finished and I’ll come back.

I take care of the errands, go home for a few minutes and decide if I’m going to be less frustrated about this (which I wasn’t sure I could be at that time) I needed to just be peaceful for a bit.  At home I grabbed the book I was reading, headed back to the dentist’s office and read in the parking lot for about a half hour.  When his text came that he was ready to be picked up, I just said “I’m in the parking lot” and I could be in a cheerier mood.  Reading always settles me down.  We came home and he looked for his keys.

Tuesday took me to the hairdresser for a much needed cut. I hadn’t gotten it cut while we were away.  I didn’t want to chance going to a different stylist until I have to.  While she’s cutting my hair, Gina tells me she has some news…she’ll be moving to another branch of the salon which is being built.  Ok, where’s that…about 35 minutes away.  Hrumph…  I love the way she cuts my hair but I’m not sure I want to drive that far for a haircut. My two friends also go to her so maybe we’ll make a road trip out of it.  We’ll see.  Love my cut and I came home to “naturalize” my hair.  I’m quite a sight now!  Ralph looked for his keys.

Wednesday we had Ralph’s 3 month check up with the family doctor.  She told us that everything looks so good on his recent blood work that she doesn’t need to see him for 6 months now.  Great news…no Hrumph here.  We had lunch at one of our favorite diners and headed home.  I finally got Ralph to empty his suitcases from the trip and he looked for his keys.

Thursday is a mystery.  I did make the realization that there is something wrong with my car.  Sounds like the right rear tire wants to fall off when I hit a bump.  Make plans to stop to see the mechanic on Friday.  I know I was working on various small projects, cleaning out a box here, a drawer there. Ralph looked for his keys.

Friday I take the car to the mechanic.  Luckily, it’s about 3 blocks from our house.  He tells me to leave it, he’ll check it and I should come back in an hour.  I come back and he hasn’t had a chance.  Hrumph…I come back in another hour and he’s checked it and I need shocks in the back and a swing bar, whatever that is.  Ok to drive it for the weekend which was good.  I did get my exercise in.  I’ll take it back on Monday.  Ralph looked for his keys.

Saturday was Weight Watchers of course.  I stayed the same.  Which was a gift because I was having a lot of trouble staying on track throughout the week.  Saturday night, my sister Ele and I went to a Day of the Dead celebration.  It was very nice. I can’t wait until I get to celebrate in New Mexico.  People go crazy out there.  Ralph looked for his keys.

Sunday was great because we got to celebrate Ralph’s sister Kathy’s 70th birthday.  She knew that some of us would be there, but most of her grandchildren were there too, which she didn’t expect.  It was great fun.


This was Kathy’s birthday cake.  I thought it was so adorable.

Now we’re ready for a new week.  I have lots of projects planned and lots of things to accomplish.  I’m off now to deposit my car at the mechanic’s shop.  Ralph will be looking for his keys!

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Happy Monday!

Week In Review~October 28~Dazed and Confused

Oh, I supposed I’m not all that dazed and confused but it sounded good.  Monday means Week In Review the list-fest hostessed by the tiny powerhouse Meghan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets. Here goes!

I’m still trying to find my way around being back in New Jersey. The first few days of the week were a blur and pretty much a loss…trying to catch up on sleep and unearth myself from everything that came out of the rental car.  Don’t know where some things went…Where is My GPS??  I’ll find it.

Monday we decided it was time to try the heater. No go. Well…thanks to the PSE&G man, Rob (who had been here before working on the heater) we have heat.  He did tell us that this might be the last season we get out of it.  I can work around the fridge issues and around my current dryer issues (Bless my best friend, Gail for letting me use hers) but if the heater doesn’t work…well I guess we’ll just have to make sure that we’re in our home in New Mexico where everything works!!  Rob has spoken…we have to move!

The heat is working well (too well because Ralph always has it set too high for my liking) I am going to get an appointment with PSE&G (again) to see if they can fix the dryer.  It’s great to have the worry free contract, they just come and fix it. But I’m not sure if they can fix the dryer (it’s pretty old…not as old as the fridge, but…) If not I’ll drop it from the contract, why pay if they can’t fix it?   Then we’ll have to work something out. I don’t really want to buy a new one here. It doesn’t make sense.  We’ll work out something.

I didn’t get much accomplished during the week.  Still trying to get back on track.  In spite of feeling Very off track food wise most of the week, I had a good result at Weight Watchers on Saturday.  I’m still way under my goal but I lost 1.4 pounds of what I gained while we were away.  I’m feeling much more in control of my food now.  Getting my mind in the right place.  I feel much better about it.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday were my big accomplishments for the week, I think.  Saturday afternoon, I decided to attack my spice cabinets.  I had such a huge amount of spices that were So old.  I’ve dealt with food products past their prime before and it’s not good to use them…especially cake mixes.  I got rid of about 10 containers-spices dumped, containers recycled, plus emptying the glass bottles  I received as a wedding present when I was married the First time. Those of you who know me in real life know how old they have to be. I’ll just say, they are almost as old as the fridge.  The glass containers are great and I’ll wash them and pack them to take to NM.  They’ll work well there.

Sunday, I decided to attack my pantry cabinet.  It’s a big, old free-standing metal cabinet that lives between the outside door of the house and the door into the kitchen.  It’s at the top of the basement stairs so I have to be careful not to step back too far to admire my work.

I cleared out so much.  I’m embarrassed to say how many things in there were out of date.  Both packaged and canned things.  Out they went.  I found a lot of things. I was annoyed, I had just bought a bag of lentils on Saturday and I found a bag in there.  Well, it’s time to break out one of Gram’s old lentil recipes…maybe two!  I filled one of my trash cans.  It’ll be fun on Friday when it’s time to put it out.

When I finished there, I tackled the corner cabinet over my counter that housed mugs and all of my plastic storage containers.  I decided that I was sick of looking at the plastic and most of them were kind of crusty looking and smelly.  The recycling guys will be happy to see all of that Tomorrow when I put it out.

Got rid of some mugs I didn’t want anymore.  They’re earmarked for donation. I did find something that I forgot about but that I love.

coffee cup


My wonderful Autumn mug that Ele gave me a few years ago.  It makes me happy to drink my coffee (if I wasn’t already happy enough to drink it!)  I’m drinking from it as I type this.

I just remembered that at some point ( I don’t know what day!!!) I sorted through books.  I weeded out 3 grocery bags filled with books, probably somewhere between 20 and 30  which I donated to the town library.  That was a real accomplishment.

That’s Week In Review for this week.  I’m feeling energized and  as soon as I finish here, I’m off to another project.  I’ll try to keep better track in the coming week.  Be sure to check out the other Week In Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!